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Rome Underground: Stadium of Domitian Tickets with Audioguide

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  • Explore Rome's underground stadium complex on this audio-guided tour.
  • Learn more about the stadium and its history from your audio guide, available in multiple languages.
  • See many artifacts from the days of the Roman Empire found during archaeological excavations, including fragments of sculptures and more.

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  • Entrance to the underground archaeological site of the Stadium of Domitian
  • Audioguide in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Russian
  • Keep in mind, bottles, glasses containers, alcoholic beverages, aerosols, large luggage or bags and pets are not allowed on this experience. Pack wisely!
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This experience is pram/stroller accessible.
  • Choose safety and comfort: This experience is not the best fit for guests with the claustrophobia of small spaces.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tour of Catacombs of Domitilla with Entry Ticket

€12
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  • Discover Rome's Domitilla Catacombs, renowned for early Christian frescoes and tombs, on a 17-km underground tour with an expert guide.
  • Learn the story behind Rome's partially underground basilica – it goes 30 meters down – honoring martyrs such as Nereus and Achilleus.
  • Don't miss the intricately adorned chapels called cubicula showcasing Biblical frescoes, inscriptions, and burial niches.
  • Explore how discoveries from the catacombs have sparked discussions on women's roles in the Church, and choose a tour language that suits your preference.

Inclusions

  • 30-min guided tour of Catacombs of Domitilla
  • English/Italian/Spanish/German-speaking guide
  • Entry to Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Tip: Keep an eye out for hidden passages or niches, as some may contain intriguing inscriptions or remnants of ancient ceremonies.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.
  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: photography and smoking.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tour of Roman Basilicas & Underground Catacombs on the Appian Way

€79
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  • Explore Rome’s finest basilicas and catacombs along the Appian Way, led by an expert guide, with complimentary hotel pick-ups.
  • Visit the Holy Staircase, popular for its historic lined-marble steps that Christ walked to meet Pontius Pilate before his crucifixion.
  • Make way to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest church in the West and the St. Mary Major Church and admire its stunning interiors.
  • Witness San Callisto and San Sebastiano Catacombs for a captivating journey into Rome's ancient past, eerie underground tombs and Christian history.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Catacombs
  • Entry to Holy Staircase
  • Entry to Basilica of St. John Lateran
  • Entry to St. Mary Major Church
  • Expert multilingual tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Round-trip transfers (from select hotels & city centre)
  • Tip: Explore the Sancta Sanctorum, a chapel, at the top of the Holy Staircase, which houses sacred relics and artworks of spiritual significance.
  • The tour is available in English, Spanish, French, and German.
  • Strict Dress Code: Note that no sleeveless shirts, shorts or mini-skirts are permitted inside the churches.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Combo (Save 5%): Catacombs of St. Callixtus + St. John Lateran with Audio Guide + Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tickets

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  • Get ready for an immersive Roman adventure with access to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, St. John Lateran, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel.
  • Venture deep into the mysterious Catacombs of St. Callixtus, ancient frescoes, winding passages, and resting places of popes guided by an expert.
  • History comes to life at every corner with an audio-guided tour of St. John Lateran and discover gems like Holy Stairs and the Sancta Sanctorum chapel.
  • Step into the lush Vatican Gardens and admire jaw-dropping artworks by Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • Choose to have the Catacombs of St. Callixtus guided tour in a language of your choice including English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

Inclusions

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Entry to Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • English, Italian, French, Spanish or German-speaking guide

St. John Lateran

  • Admission to the Lateran Complex: Basilica, Cloister, Baptistery, Holy Stairs, and Papal Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, German & Italian

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Skip-the-line entry to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Minibus tour of Vatican Gardens

Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Tip: Don’t miss out on the “Cubicle of the Sacraments," containing frescoes and sacraments depicting how the early Christians practiced their faith secretly.
  • Bags no larger than 40x30x20 cm are allowed. They must be carried on the front or held at your side.

St. John Lateran

  • Tip: At the Baptistery consider taking a fun challenge of identifying ancient baptismal font.
  • Facilities: Elevator and Ramp.
  • Note that not all sections or buildings are easily accessible for wheelchair users.
  • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users.

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

  • Tip: Art lovers, check out Michelangelo’s "The Last Judgment" on the altar wall in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Please find your host at the meeting point specified on the voucher, who will assist you in the check-in process. Please do not head to the entrance of the Vatican Museum directly before meeting your host.
  • For guests with documentation of disabilities and visible disabilities the entry is free along with an additional ticket for 1 companion.
  • Although it is not included in these tickets, access to St. Peter's Basilica is free but there could be a waiting line during peak season.
  • It is recommended to cover tattoos and any other similarly visible distinctive personal signs.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • Note that the following are not allowed: photography, use of mobile phones
    Luggage, large bags, pets, and other small animals (with the exception of guide dogs).
  • Strict Dress Code: Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats are not permitted. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Catacombs of St. Callixtus + St. John Lateran + Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tickets

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  • Experience 3 of Rome’s tourist attractions with this discounted combo ticket that offers a guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, a St. John Lateran ticket with an audio guide, and tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with escorted entrance.
  • Join an experienced tour guide and uncover the long-held secrets of the St. Callixtus Catacombs and explore several tombs of the earliest popes.
  • Embark on a self-guided tour of the 4th-century Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest basilica in the Western world, and experience it at your own pace.
  • Listen to the audio guide in one of five available languages and get a keen insight into the history of the Cloister, Baptistery, Holy Stairs (Scala Santa), and Sancta Sanctorum chapel during your visit.
  • Discover the astounding collection of 20,000 artworks in the Vatican Museums leisurely with an escorted entrance that will take you inside with priority access.

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Guided Tour of Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Access to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus
  • Expert multilingual tour guide (English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German)

St. John Lateran Ticket with Audio Guide

  • Admission to the Lateran Complex: Basilica, Cloister, Baptistery, Holy Stairs, and Papal Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum
  • Audio guide available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian

Tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with Escorted Entrance

  • Escorted entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Exclusions

Tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with Escorted Entrance

  • Tickets to St. Peter's Basilica

Guided Tour of Catacombs of St. Callixtus

  • Tip: People who are claustrophobic should avoid this experience due to its underground location.
  • The tour is available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German languages.
  • Luggage: The maximum size of backpacks or handbags brought should not exceed 40x30x20 cm dimensions. Plus, visitors must carry the luggage on the front or hold them by their side.
  • The experience is not suitable for wheelchair users and pram/stroller users.

St. John Lateran Ticket with Audio Guide

  • Tip: Download an online map for free to easily navigate between the locations.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • This audio guide is available in English, Italian, Spanish, French, and German languages.
  • Guide dogs are allowed inside the venue.
  • Dress Code: The clothing of both men and women should cover their knees and shoulders and should not include hats/caps.
  • Please note that certain sections or buildings included in this ticket may not be accessible for wheelchair users.

Tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with Escorted Entrance

  • Tip: Do online research before visiting the museums and prepare a checklist of the artworks and rooms you absolutely want to visit.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.
  • Guide dogs are allowed inside the venue.
  • Visitors are strictly prohibited from using mobile phones or taking photographs inside the Sistine Chapel.
  • Avoid dressing in sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats in order to maintain decorum.
  • Luggage and/or large baggage cannot be carried inside the venue. You can drop them off at the cloakroom service for free.
  • Except for guide dogs, other pets and small animals are not permitted inside the museums.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Big Bus: Rome Appian Way Bus Tour with San Sebastiano Catacombs Guided Tour

€46
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  • Discover the ultimate freedom to explore Rome with a bus ticket that includes complimentary onboard Wi-Fi and multilingual digital audio guides.
  • Take advantage of 7 convenient stops on the Purple Route to unravel the Roman Empire's elevated and subterranean remnants!
  • This ticket includes a guided tour of the enigmatic San Sebastiano Catacombs, offering a rare glimpse into the city's early Christian community.
  • Delight in must-see stops like the mighty Circus Maximus chariot racing stadium, and Caffarella Park, a tranquil escape amidst the city's hustle and bustle.

Inclusions

  • Bus tour of Rome
  • Access to the Purple Route
  • Guided tour of San Sebastiano Catacombs in English, Spanish, French, Italian or German
  • VOX digital audio guide in English, Spanish, French, Italian & German
  • Free Wi-Fi on-board

Purple Line

  • The first bus is at 9:35am from stop #1 Termini Railway Station.
  • The last bus is at 4:40pm from stop #4 Catacombs of San Sebastiano.
  • Frequency: 1.5 hours
  • Popular stops: Fosse Ardeatine, Colosseum

Please click here for the route map, and here for the schedule of the bus tour and the catacombs guided tour.

  • Tip: Grab a gelato from ‘Giolitti’, a historic ice cream parlor near Termini Station that has been serving up sweet treats since 1900!
  • The Catacombs are a sacred place, it’s recommended to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.
  • Please note that the constant temperature inside is about 17° C and there is high humidity.
  • Animals are not allowed, even with pet carriers.
  • The Catacombs are not wheelchair accessible and it is not recommended for people suffering with claustrophobia as well as for those with serious walking problems: there are 100 uneven steps along the route and no possibility to sit down; there are no elevators, and the walking surface is uneven.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

What is the Appian Way?

The Appian Way, also known as Via Appia Antica, is one of the oldest and most historic roads in Rome, Italy. Built in 312 BC, it served as a crucial link between Rome and the southern regions of Italy. Often referred to as the "Queen of the Roads," the Appian Way holds immense historical and cultural significance. Paved with large cobblestones, worn smooth over centuries, the road offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Considered to be one of the first long-distance roads ever built, this ancient engineering marvel was meant to connect Rome with the southern regions of Italy. 

Along this iconic road, visitors can explore a treasure trove of attractions, including catacombs, historical monuments, aqueducts, churches, and villas, all steeped in rich history and architectural beauty.

Quick Facts about Appian Way

Facts about Appian Way
  • Official name: Via Appia Antica
  • Location: Via Appia Antica, 42, 00178 Roma RM, Italy
  • Date of opening: 312 BC
  • Architect: Appius Claudius Caecus (for the original construction)
  • Architectural style: Ancient Roman
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Declared in 1980
  • Number of visitors per year: Over 500,000
  • Function: Important ancient road connecting Rome to southeastern Italy.

Why Visit the Appian Way?

Mausoleo di Cecelia Metella, Appian way
  • Explore ancient Rome: Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans and discover the historical significance of the road that connected Rome to the rest of Italy.
  • Historic mausoleums: Admire the stunning architecture and intricate carvings of the many mausoleums along the way, including the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and the Tomb of Seneca.
  • Catacombs: Journey underground and explore the Catacombs of San Callisto, one of the largest and most significant Christian burial sites in Rome.
  • Natural Beauty: Enjoy the stunning views of the Italian countryside, as well as the lush vegetation and wildlife along the route.
  • Visit the museums: Visit the many museums that dot the Appian Way, including the Museum of Roman Civilization and the Museum of the Walls, to learn more about the history and significance of the ancient road.
  • Outdoor activities: Go cycling, hiking, or horseback riding along the scenic route and explore the beauty of nature at its best.

Plan Your Visit to the Appian Way

Ruins in the Appian Way of Roma
Ruins in the Appian Way of Rome

Where is the Appian Way Located?

Address: Via Appia Antica, 42, 00178 Roma RM, Italy

The Appian Way is located in the southeastern part of Rome, just outside the city walls. It stretches for about 10 miles from the city center to the countryside. 

Getting There

To reach the Appian Way, you can take the metro to the Colli Albani stop and then a bus heading to Appio Latino or Ardeatina.  Alternatively, you can take bus number 118 from the Piramide station.

Highlights of the Appian Way

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Catacombs

Visitors can explore the underground burial chambers and see the ancient artwork and inscriptions that decorate the walls. Some of the most notable catacombs along the Appian Way include the Catacombs of San Callisto, San Sebastiano, and Domitilla.

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Aqueducts

The Appian Way is also home to several impressive aqueducts, which were once used to transport water into the city. The most prominent of these is the Aqua Claudia, which dates back to the 1st century AD. Visitors can see the towering arches and intricate engineering that went into these massive structures.

San Nicola a Capo di Bove Church on Appian Way

Churches

The Appian Way is dotted with several beautiful churches that are well worth a visit. Some of the most notable include the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, and the Church of the Domine Quo Vadis. These buildings showcase a range of architectural styles and are filled with stunning artwork and religious relics.

Villa on Appian way

Villas

The Appian Way is home to several impressive villas, a must-see for those interested in ancient Roman architecture. The most famous of these is the Villa of the Quintilii, which was once owned by the powerful Quintilii brothers. Visitors can explore the villa's impressive ruins and see the intricate mosaics and frescoes that adorn the walls.

History of the Appian Way

Imperial Villa of the Quintilii, Appian way

The Appian Way is one of the oldest and most important roads in ancient Rome. Its history dates back to its construction in 312 BC, commissioned by the Roman Republic and overseen by Appius Claudius Caecus, a prominent Roman patrician and politician. The road served as a vital artery for Rome, originally intended to connect Rome with Capua, a city in southern Italy. However, it was later extended to Brindisi, a port city on the Adriatic Sea.

The construction of the Appian Way faced numerous challenges, including rocky terrains and swampy areas, which required innovative engineering techniques for stability. Over the centuries, the road was widened and improved, playing a significant role in Rome's transportation and commerce.

The Appian Way was an important military and commercial route for the Roman Empire. It was used to transport troops and supplies and to facilitate trade between Rome and the rest of the Mediterranean world. The road was also a popular pilgrimage route, and many Christian saints are said to have traveled along it.

Appian Way Today

The Appian Way is still in use today, and it is a popular tourist destination. The road is lined with ancient ruins, including tombs, catacombs, and churches. Visitors can walk or bike along the road, and they can also visit the nearby archaeological sites. 

The Appian Way is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in the world that stands as a testament to the engineering skills of the ancient Romans, and it is a reminder of the importance of trade and communication in the Roman Empire.

Frequently Asked Questions about Appian Way

What is Appian Way?

Appian Way is one of the most important ancient roads in Rome, Italy, which dates back to 312 BC. It was built to connect Rome to Brindisi, in southern Italy.

Where can I buy Appian Way tickets?

Entry to the Appian Way and its attractions is generally free. However, some museums or guided tours may have admission fees. You can purchase tickets for them online or at the respective ticket counters. We recommend buying them online to avoid the odds of tickets selling out on the day of your visit.

Who designed the Appian Way?

The original construction of the Appian Way was overseen by Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman patrician and politician.

When was the Appian Way built?

The construction of the Appian Way began in 312 BC and continued over the following years, with subsequent improvements and expansions.

What historical monuments are there along the Appian Way?

The Appian Way is home to several historical monuments such as the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, the Circus of Maxentius, the Catacombs of Rome, the Villa of the Quintilii, and the Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella.

What to do on the Appian Way?

There are many things to see and do on the Appian Way. Some of the tourist attractions along the Appian Way include the Catacombs of San Callisto and the Catacombs of San Sebastiano as well as various basilicas and tombs. The stretch close to Rome of the Via Appia Antica is now part of a nature and archaeological park, the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica

What is the best time to visit Appian Way?

The best time to visit the Appian Way is during spring and autumn when the weather is pleasant, and there are fewer tourists. However, it can get crowded during peak season.

Where is the Appian Way located?

The Appian Way is located in Rome, Italy. Its address is Via Appia Antica, Rome.

What is the best way to reach Appian Way?

The easiest way to reach the Appian Way is by taking the metro to the Colli Albani stop and then taking a bus heading to Appio Latino or Ardeatina. You can also reach here by taxi.

How much time should I spend on the Appian Way?

It depends on your interest, but you should keep at least a half-day to explore the area and appreciate the ancient monuments in a leisurely way. However, if you are a history buff, you can easily spend a whole day here.

What should I wear when visiting Appian Way?

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing as you need to walk around a lot. Remember to carry a hat, sunscreen, and a bottle of water during summer.